BALANCE IN DANCE, LIFE AND YOUR SOUL; too deep for a Sunday? Or SOUNDING LINES FUR HOOPS

By (S)llew la Wulf | Llewella_la_femme | 13 Jan 2020


Today I did a bit of exercise at the outdoor gym round the corner from where I live and also did a bit of hoop dance. In the video of today's dancing ( set to the marvellous sounds of Moritz Von Oswald (Sounding Lines)) I am practicing balance... As well as dislocating my left knee last year, I also injured my right psoas muscle in my stomach. It has meant that on top of reduced stability and strength in that left knee, that I'm just slightly out of kilter in general. Practicing balance is not just a physical endeavour though, it can be emotional or mental too but it still requires similar focus and attention to detail. When I lift my leg up and out and move my hoop in my arms outstretched to the opposite side (like in my video) that is balance in action. I am literally balancing the weight in my body, to stay anchored, stable. But to achieve that, I need to focus on my knee that is supporting my body. I need to ensure it is tight and locked but still bouncy enough to accommodate the natural waver of my body until I have struck the pose. I need to focus on the muscles in my thigh that is elevated, make sure they are taught and engaged...I also need to ensure my core muscles are engaged and tight too, allowing me the base of strength to lift and hold and angle all at once. I find this much harder post injuries but am getting there... Practising balance in the mind or your life is no different... There are various aspects to any particular decision that all need to be considered and held, using different abilities and different lenses but simultaneously. For example, today, I opted for doing dance and making some art (which I'll post seperatly), which meant that after cooking dinner and spending time with my daughters, my house is in a mess. I didn't bother cleaning today. But that's ok because, I'm not at work this next week. I can clean it tomorrow when the kids are at school. Today was a me day. And not only do I deserve that but I need it in order to function. There have been times when I've been 'manic' - I use that term loosely as I'm not bipolar (I don't think :-) ), I just have periods that I refer to as manic, because it's the best way to describe it. But when I've been manic, I often use art (dance, writing, visual art) as way to self medicate. And one sure fire way of telling I'm manic is when I'm creating lots of art but not doing the stuff I know I need to, like household chores, keeping on top of bills, eating properly, sleeping enough, etc. That is when my balance has slipped. Slipped because it's hard to keep focus and maintain inner balance when your impulses are beating louder than your inner voice.

Today, I have felt a nice easy balance in my soul. And I'm appreciating that for what it is. Tomorrow is another day but one that will balance out today...today was the hoop and tomorrow will be my foot and my core stomach muscles are my mind, my instincts, the unending spiral that rests gently beyond beneath and within...

Balance, balance, balance...

Hope everyone has had a good weekend

 

 

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(S)llew la Wulf
(S)llew la Wulf

Yet another artist screaming (colourfully) into the void. I like to dance. I write. I do self portraiture and i draw... I cover topics ranging from racial bias to female sexuality to capitalism to rape culture and of course, love ❤️


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